Botox® is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment in the world and delivers noticeable yet natural improvements in lines, folds, and wrinkles. For those living in and around Escondido, California, Botox and Dysport® are among the many options offered at Cosmetic Med Solutions under the care of Thomas Watson, MD. If you’re curious about what these treatments can do for you, book a consultation today. You can set up your visit by phone, or try the simple online scheduling tool.
Botox® is an FDA-approved treatment to reduce the appearance of moderate to severe crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. It is incredibly popular, both in America and around the world.
Botox is created from a minute volume of Clostridium botulinum, a substance found naturally in lakes, soil, and forests. In larger concentrations, this substance is toxic, but the amount used in cosmetic applications is safe.
That safety is evidenced in more than 15 years of clinical studies, as well as more than 495 peer-reviewed articles published in medical and scientific journals. Botox has been used for medical purposes for more than 50 years.
Botox is injected into the treatment area using very thin needles. Generally, treating frown lines or forehead lines requires five injections, while treating crow’s feet requires three injections. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes, and there is no anesthetic or downtime required.
The formulation works by temporarily impeding the ability of targeted facial muscles to go through their normal range of motion. That means those muscles cannot pull and stretch your skin into lines, folds, or wrinkles.
The effects last for four months. Once that timeframe passes, you’ll begin to notice your lines and wrinkles gradually returning. At that point, you can decide if you’d like to schedule another appointment to prolong your results.
Botox is also used to treat migraines and to control excessive sweating. Speak with Dr. Watson to learn more about these treatment paths.
Dysport is similar to Botox in both formulation and effect. Dysport is also created from botulinum toxin and works by temporarily slowing muscle movement.
Dysport is approved only for use in treating frown lines and is administered via five quick injections. If you’re looking for improvement in horizontal forehead lines or crow’s feet, Botox may be a better fit for you.
The primary difference between the two products is in the trace proteins. Some men and women respond better to one product over the other. You might notice the results of Dysport faster, but Botox results generally last a bit longer.
Dr. Watson can help you determine which product is best suited for your aesthetic goals. When you’re ready to get started, schedule a visit online or by phone.